Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Morning Briefing - Here's What You Need to Know. #BB17

Of course you know that James won the PoV and will be taking himself off the block later today.  Here's a few other things that you need to know as we kick off this week in Big Brother.

*  Vanessa is planning to nominate Julia in James' place.

*  This move was discussed with the AusTwins and they somehow agreed to it, after Steve promised Julia that she had his vote to stay this week.

*  Julia is not excited about having to make a speech on the live show, but Vanessa has promised to help her with this task.

*  Vanessa helped sell the plan to everyone by pointing out that Meg will continually be used as a pawn, and whoever is sitting next to her on the block will be evicted as a much bigger target.

*  Steve and Johnny Mac plan to approach James to join them in their alliance with Vanessa, with the goal of targeting the AusTwins.  They know that after Meg leaves, James will need allies in the game.  And the four of them will have some big advantages in the upcoming competitions.

*  Austin told Vanessa that he realizes it is unrealistic for him to try and save the Twins, and wants to make deals to save himself.   He asked Vanessa to broker a truce between him and Johnny Mac to offer each other safety.

*  Vanessa asked Austin if he was considering sacrificing his game for Liz if it came to that, and Austin basically said "Hell No", and that his family would be livid if he did something stupid like that.

*  I don't think the Twins know anything about Austin's idea that they might be expendable.  But of course, Vanessa can tell them all about it if necessary at some point.

*  The house guests have NO IDEA that there will be a Double Eviction this Thursday.  They have asked Steve about it several times, and Steve has said he expects it to happen next week, but not this week.  So I think we may see the house guests truly surprised when Julie Chen makes the announcement.

*  This surprise may be spoiled, however, if Production tells Vanessa to wear athletic clothing.  As the outgoing HoH, she is not expecting to compete on Thursday night, but due to the double eviction there will be a live PoV competition that she will need to be ready for....typically the classic "Clown Shoe" competition.

*  Once he learns of the Double Eviction, will Steve be tempted to evict Julia instead of Meg, in hopes of eliminating two of the AusTwins in one night?  That's something we need to keep an eye on, for sure.  (Steve is trying to build his BB resume for finale night.)

*  Yesterday the house guests were locked down outside, and before being called back in, Production told them that was a surprise for them in the storage room, and that the Have Nots could partake, as well.  So they raced back there, with dreams of fast food deliveries or maybe the makings of a party, only to have their hopes dashed.

It was just the damn Fun Dip.  And no one was more irritated by this than Julia (a Have Not) and also Meg, who (correctly) stated that the last thing they need in there is more candy.  Because of course, the Have Nots already have an unlimited supply of gumdrops.

Austin was very sarcastic about it, saying that the live feeders are really sticking it to them.  I think the Ring Pops would have been sticking it to them, but whatever.

Johnny Mac (a Have Not) was the only house guest to rip open a packet of Fun Dip and dig in immediately.  His mouth was blue, but he told the live feeders it was okay to eat sugary things as long as you brush and floss immediately afterwards.  And he did, of course.

They have three flavors of Fun Dip.  He chose the RazzApple Magic flavor, saying it sounded like drugs, and later said with  Fun Dip, he "couldn't feel his face".

*  Meg approached Vanessa with a deal last night, promising to throw the HoH comp if Vanessa keeps her safe this week.  Vanessa plans to wait to hear James' side of the offer before committing to anything.   Not much chance of that, in my opinion, because Vanessa feels she has safety from both sides of the game in the next week.

OK.  Now you know what I know.  Unless I don't know I don't know about something.  Whatever.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

PoV Aftermath - Sh*t Got Messy Tonight. And The House is a Wreck, Too. #BB17

The PoV competition lasted over 4 hours, and when the feeds returned, the house was a mess.  Oh, and get this:

James won PoV.


John was the host, and he is helping clean up the bedroom, where clothes, shoes and apparently pretzels are strewn all over.

I think the competition was similar to an old one, where each competitor has to hide something and try to keep the others from finding it. If it's like the others, they each got turns running in the house to look for someone else's hidden object, which would eliminate them from the competition.

I don't know if you can see, but Austin is holding a handful of pretzel sticks.  Someone asks where those came from, and Steve says he got them in his HoH basket.

They're just filling up garbage bags with crap. Steve is apparently trying to clean up the kitchen, and calls out a clarifying question to the group.

Steve:  So any food that's on the floor....that's gone now?

Everyone told him to throw the food away.


Meg's clothes are everywhere, and she keeps complaining about one of her shoes being across the room. You can see that even the mattresses were ripped off the beds.

James got that basket for Meg and tried to help her gather everything.

This isn't mine, Meg says.  (the bikini top)

The girls figured out later that it probably belonged to Shelli, and that she probably has the bottoms with her in Jury.

We did see Vanessa for a few minutes, up in the HoH room, mad as a...well, mad as a hatter.  She's in the shit now, because she will have to nominate someone else to go on the block.   And now she has a big enemy in James.

The Twins are livid.

Liz:  I saw my stuff had been thrown all over, so I went in and threw Meg's clothes all over.

Julia:  Liz!  How did you know it was her?

Liz:  Well, I'm only cleaning up our stuff.  No one else's.

Apparently James hid his item under the rug, and no one found it.   One of the Twins hid her's inside a pizza box, so when she ran in the house to search and saw the pizza box on the floor, she already knew she was out of the game.

It sounds like Austin unzipped one of the duvets and hid his item inside.

Ultimately the ants won, too, when you think about it.  Austin said the kitchen stunk and thinks it is the bacon that smells.

Austin:  All that food.....gone.  I refuse to clean up all of that cereal.

Austin says once all of the obvious hiding places had been searched, people had to get more creative, and they were all in a hurry so that explains the mess.

Steve:  I used to have an underwear drawer, but I don't anymore.

A Twin:  Oh, the Hanes?  They're all out there, in the hall.  I'd be so pissed if my stuff got messed up and I didn't even participate.

(Steve didn't play, nor host.)

Austin tries to put the Hammock Room back in order.

Vanessa found Austin's item, and is upset about it.  She tells Julia that she knew James hid his under a rug, and she looked under every rug.  I think she found one, but didn't actually "find" it because she thought it was Julia's, and she wanted her to win.

Julia:  Meg will still go home.

Vanessa: How?

Julia:  You can put up John. If we all vote for her, she'll leave. (i.e. the AusTwins)

Vanessa:  You guys will really do that....all three of you will vote her out and not him?  Are you sure?

Julia:  Well, who else?  James is downstairs so happy that he won...I want him out so bad.

Vanessa:  They must really  be pulling for him, to give him a physical endurance comp that I should have never fucking won, and now this one.

James put a huge yellow sectional piece of furniture over the rug where he hid his item, and no one thought to look under it.

Vanessa:  This was perfect for him...with all the times he hides from us in here.  He's so sneaky.  This was his comp.

Julia:  I really don't care whether Meg or John goes...whichever you want.

Vanessa:  Well, now that James and John are so close...maybe I don't know anymore.  And now Meg and James are coming after me...great.

Julia: I want him gone so bad. You don't understand.

Vanessa:  I don't know what to do now.  I can't tell you guys to vote out Meg over John, because John is after you guys, and Meg sucks.  She never wins anything. This game is all about incentives...there is no incentive for you to send Meg home unless she's on the block next to James.

Julia:  I want Meg gone, but Austin and Liz want John out, I think.

Vanessa: Might as well go downstairs and help clean up.  I'm so frustrated.  I gave it everything I had...I've got bruises everywhere from lifting up stuff.  And I found Austin's!  There was just no way to know...

Julia: And I found yours, too.

Vanessa:  It just shows we think alike.  Well, James won it fair and square.  Good for him, but it sucks for us.

Austin is the one who threw cereal everywhere and refused to clean it up, and Julia is pissed.

Julia:  Oh, I hate him.  I hate both of them.  I want them both gone.  But I want Meg gone, too, before she floats her way to the end.

Whiners, Aren't We All? (The Players, and The Fans.) #BB17

Last night there was a lot of favorable chatter about Steve's speech on Thursday night's live show.  Everyone was impressed with how well Steve delivered the speech, as well as the content of the speech itself.  Then they started razzing Steve about how it would be impossible to improve on that speech, so all of his future speeches on the live show will never measure up.

Austin:  You've already done the whole 'I'm a superfan who is so happy to be here' routine, so you'll need to figure something else out next time.

They like that Steve mentioned his Spin the Bottle kiss with Meg, and then they discussed Johnny Mac's speech in less-glowing terms.  Note that Johnny was out of the room at the time.

Whenever Johnny speaks on the live show, everyone always comments on how Julie Chen looks distressed and a little angry at him, particularly the first time he was in the nomination chairs on eviction night, next to Jason.  Johnny mentioned the "stains on the Whackstreet Boys" tour bus and the house guests said Julie looked livid.

(We were watching Johnny Mac, as part of the audience of the show, but the house guests could see Julie on the monitor in the living room.)

Last week they thought Julie liked his speech when he was next to Becky better, but they can't imagine Julie was happy about the whole "gas management" comment that Johnny made this week.  The picture below is Julia imitating Johnny Mac in the DR.  Ever since she heard him screaming in the DR from the living room, she is very suspicious about his behavior, since he is such a quiet person on an everyday basis.

They also discussed the America's Favorite Player vote.  Austin had an opinion on this, saying that Shelli wouldn't win unlesss "Clelli" was some huge phenomenon with the fans.

Austin:  But their whole thing was too perfect....America likes flawed couples, like Brenchal, and me and Liz.

Vanessa said that Clay's game got better over time, and that he definitely learned things from Audrey and applied them after she left.

Vanessa: When Clay was lying about knowing about Jason going on the block though....that is when some of his problems started.  I know Shelli had to get onto him a few times, telling him that they can't expect to come out of every situation looking good.  But what scared me about Clay is that he seemed like that kid who was always able to use his charm to get out of things....

Austin:  Yeah...that is scary.

Upstairs, Vanessa prepared for nominations, and chatted with Austin about her speech.  She wanted to be entertaining, and needed some help with how to phrase things.  Since Austin has so much entertainment experience, he volunteered to help, using examples of how wrestlers enter the ring and interact with each other as support for his ideas.

They ended up using chess concepts as ideas for the nomination speech.  Vanessa was going to nominate James and Meg, calling Meg James' queen and using the word pawn, too, of course.

(BB speeches using chess analogies are as old as Big Brother itself...)

Austin threw in "chess pieces aren't we all" as an idea for a closer, and Vanessa liked it.  She planned to use it, saying "victims and chess pieces aren't we all" in her ending statements.  The Twins came in and heard Vanessa practice her speech, and said they loved it.

Liz:  You should throw your beanie and just walk off, like Austin did with his top hat.

Vanessa said she couldn't possibly get away with that, but she stood up and showed Liz how ridiculous it looked to prove her point.  The beanie she is wearing is a new one that she got in her HoH basket.

Then Vanessa sat alone and went through the speech a few times.  She got a lot of good things in her HoH basket, including another bottle of port and Ginger Beer.  Her CD was by some artist who does "deep house" music.  Julia was familiar with her and immediately put on the headphones and started dancing to Track #5 (I think.) and said it was her favorite.

Vanessa also got a long letter from Mel and it made her feel better.  Apparently she's been worrying that Mel wouldn't love her anymore----she's really the only one in the house that came in there with a committed relationship.  (We can't count Austin...)

The Twins:  Of course she loves you!  Why would you think she wouldn't?

Vanessa:  I don't know....I don't hear anything in here...maybe I'm hated by America and she....I don't know!

Mel has taken trips to Montreal and Orlando this summer and Vanessa discussed the trips with the Twins, who wanted to know all of the details.  Vanessa was very proud to announce that Mel's long dark hair is "all real", which is apparently not very common these days.  Mel also has shaved part of the right side of her head and everyone said Mel was very good-looking in all of her pictures.

Meg, looking at one framed picture:  Bow chicka bow wow.

They were locked down outside for a little while, and when the screen rolled up to let them back in the house, they found another Have Not surprise.

The foods displayed were "Gum Slops", which apparently add all sorts of varieties of gum drops to the allowed slop and condiments this week.  Then Vanessa read the card, making a surprised noise and saying that people were not going to be happy with what she had to say.

Vanessa announced that while this would be the last week of Have Nots this summer, she had to choose FOUR people to live the Have Not life this week.  This was indeed a surprise....they were expecting to have to nominate two people, not four, which is half of the house at this point.

Johnny Mac volunteered, and after some grumbling, Julia did too.  Vanessa said that Steve has already done it three times, so she pointed at James and Meg and told them they would be Have Nots.    If they were following the (boring) rotation schedule that has been established this summer, it would have been the AusTwin's turn, so Vanessa definitely upset a few (only TWO) people by nominating Meg and James.

And those two were PISSED, going immediately into storage to grumble and complain, and also to grab some of the gum drops.  I need to point out that in advance of the lockdown, every other house guest was up and had breakfast, and was doing some game talking.  But Meg and James both slept, so not only were they not trying to play the game, they were not eating a good Last Meal.

Meg:  If I would have known......

Meg has a bad feeling about today, and says that she thinks it will be a horrible day for the two of them.  (She suspects they will be nominated.)

They went right into the Have Not room to stake out the dentist chairs they want first.  Meg immediately got into her chair and tore open a box of Dots.

Meg:  They're pretty good....the sour ones are good.

She says she can't wait to win HoH so she can nominate some people.

Later on in the evening, James and John ate bowls of slop while watching Austin prepare dinner for the four house guests who could eat it.

John: If I could hit this with some would be really good.

James:  Yeah.  It's crazy that we can use restaurant-style salsa though.  That stuff is good.

When I see a camera focused on a doorknob like this, I switch over as fast as I can to make sure I don't miss something.  Because usually this means something.

But then I realized this was the door to the WC, in the bathroom.

And then the camera panned back to show us Liz doing hard labor, wiping down the shower.  I want you to know that this happened a few minutes before BBAD came on the way is Liz going to be cleaning the bathroom live on POP TV.

Those girls know exactly when that show is on---watch the live feeds sometime just as BBAD is ending....the nose strips come out pretty quickly.

But the cameras show us this....maybe she was trying to get hair off the shower floor or something, because that does not look like an effective shower-cleaning tool.

Were they trying to tell us that the doorknob needed to be sterilized?  Because that would make sense to me...seems like one of those Clorox wet wipes could take care of that.

She did wash her hands vigorously, with soap.  The camera crew wanted us to know that.

Is that cabbage or lettuce in the storage room? Shouldn't lettuce be refrigerated?  And the grapes, too?

Meanwhile Vanessa enjoyed the dinner that Austin made.  I think Liz helped, too.  There is a salad that contains a lot of different items, like hearts of palm.  That might be some mac and cheese on her plate, too, but I'm not sure about that.

Julia came through and was jealous of the salad, but said she hoped to lose 5 pounds this week as a Have Not.

Vanessa:  Five pounds?  From where?

Austin:  Don't even get me started with that topic.

They wondered why the backyard wasn't locked down yet.....usually they are locked inside earlier on Fridays so that the PoV competition can be set up.  Vanessa wondered if it was Labor Day weekend or something.

Austin:  No, I don't think so.  Because if it was they would have banged out a few competitions already like they did for July 4th.  There's either something different planned, or maybe it will be a late night PoV comp.

Vanessa:  I'm glad the Morphomatic comp is over.  I'm tired of staring at the pictures.

(I heard Vanessa say last week that she memorized the facial features by assigning objects to each person's face, like almonds for Da'Vonne's eyes, and a bird's beak for Meg's nose.  She showed Meg what she meant by that and Meg seemed to understand the comparison....Meg didn't even recognize her own nose in that competition.  Note that I never heard Vanessa discuss this facial feature strategy with anyone until AFTER the competition was over.)

Liz is having a turkey burger patty without the bun, in an attempt to control her carbs.

Vanessa:  You don't like the bun?

Liz:  I do, but I ate one last night with just ketchup and mustard, and it was good.

Vanessa points out that the Jury is full of friends of Meg and would be stupid to keep them in the game.

(You know what's stupid?  Keeping an open bowl of gumdrops in the middle of the table like that, when you know there are MILLIONS of ants living with them on that parking lot.)

Something about her posture here is just weird to me.  Is she trying to avoid putting her face in the beard?  Doesn't it look odd, like she's not committing to the hug?

(He didn't force her to hug him...she went in as much as he did.)

Finally just after 9:30 the indoor lockdown was announced.  Maybe there was a shift change at 9:30 or something.  TV shows usually have a detailed production schedule, with specific time schedules for each part of the crew.  Because they are all unionized, there are required break and meal times, too, so the timing of everything is often planned out very carefully.

If someone has experience in reality TV crew stuff, please share info if you can.  Most BB fans love to "talk about production", even if it is another show, or a show you can't name.

James and Johnny Mac were playing pool when the lockdown was called, and rushed around to finish their game, talking out loud to the cameras to let them know they were trying to rush it.  Finally, just after 9:35 they went in the house and Johnny said goodbye to the backyard.

I'm sure you know that Meg and James were indeed nominated by Vanessa earlier in the day, and were very upset by her nomination speech.

Meg:  What was that speech?  I didn't even understand it.

They feel like they were suckered into a deal by Vanessa, but point out that if either one of them wins the PoV and saves themselves, Vanessa would not want to nominate Steve or Johnny Mac, because either one of them would go home.

James:  One of the AusTwins would have to go up as a pawn...that will be interesting.  Let's see if they trust each other.

Meg:  I was thinking about and me are the only people in here who haven't had some sort of big blow out with Vanessa.  So because we try to stay quiet, we're the ones who are called the schemers.  She's so paranoid.

James:  She's nuts.

Steve came in the Have Not room to get some socks out of the dresser, and says he's sorry to interrupt, and he'll try to move his stuff out of the room soon.

James:  No, you don't need to do that.

Steve:  But for the nocturnal stuff....

James:  Oh, you walking around in the middle of the night?  Oh yeah please get your stuff out of here before then.

Steve:  That's actually why I moved my stuff in here last week.  No one was sleeping in here so I could come in here a lot.  Well I'll leave you one mime said to the other....

(I guess that was a joke...)

Meg:  Maybe we made a mistake that week when we voted to keep Vanessa....but with Shelli the same exact thing could be happening.

James:  Yeah.  Shelli would have hooked up with the AusTwins...they were sorority sisters and stuff.  This is a really tough cast.  Everybody is fighting here....there's no Victorias in here.  They did a really good job getting a good variety of people, and a great job picking a crazy person.


I missed the vote this week.  Of course I mean America's Vote, which is always focuses on the most important issues of the game.

Can you believe this shit?  Effing "Fun Dip"?  Like they don't already have a house full of candy in there already.....

Friday, August 28, 2015

HoH Aftermath - It's Like Yesterday All Over Again. #BB17

So I know you know....the HoH competition barely lasted long enough for most of us to turn off the TV after the live show ended and walk to our computers.  I'm thankful that I booted up my computer and turned on the live feeds during the last commercial break, because otherwise I would have missed it, too.

Because at 14 minutes after the hour, all of the house guests were already back inside the house, dealing with their new (old) reality.

New HoH:  Vanessa
Returning Juror:  Johnny Mac

I was prepared to settle in for a few hours of live feed updates. I had a cold beer ready.  I explained the situation to my dog, who does not like her regular bedtime routine interrupted by these pesky endurance competitions.

But I barely had time to snap two photos during the competition.  The live feeds are always super slow during these competitions, and the feeds were interrupted constantly as players either fell or were eliminated.

If you don't know, the entertainment industry is heavily governed by unions, rules, and regulations.  If the Producer's voice is broadcast over the live feeds, then they have to be paid as performers, which is not part of the Big Brother budget.  The recorded BB voice you hear calling them to the DR, telling them to "Shut it down" or "Clip the microphone to your shirt" is the only performer they want us to hear.

So we don't get to hear Production talk to them about the competition, to enforce the rules or give them other direction.  It's not some big conspiracy to pull the wool over our eyes.  I've been doing this for years now, and sometimes the people you are pulling for win, and sometimes the people you don't care for win.  And that's it.

The competitors were told that they had to keep both feet on the wooden disc.  You can see below that Jackie (with the pink stripes on her shorts) had both feet on the disc at this point.  And you can also see all of the worried faces of the losers on the sidelines.

Julia fell off her disc during the commercial break, even before the last segment of the live show.  I heard her say later that she slipped.  But then, as that last segment of the CBS show was underway, Steve fell off, and then Meg.

Then just seconds later, after the broadcast ended, we heard Vanessa say "Jackie is sitting down" or something along those lines, and we got FISH.

When we returned, all of the jurors but Johnny Mac were gone....they disappeared.  We know from BB15 that as they are eliminated, they walk through a door in the wall and vanish, but we didn't get to see that here.  And there was PLENTY of tension in the house when the Jury walked in and fake-hugged people.  So I think we got cheated out of some good old-fashioned sour grapes bitching during this competition, as well as some secret-spilling, or lie-spewing.

They didn't have time for that.  They were too busy trying to hang on for dear life, apparently.  Was it really that hard?  Did the ropes spin around too fast?  I saw that some of them were spinning, but that big silver hand wasn't really smacking them.  From what I've seen in past years, you could control how hard you started spinning by how you interacted with the big obstacle.

Vanessa and Johnny Mac were the only ones up there...and Vanessa congratulated him, saying he was back in the game.  Johnny made some sort of comment that he wanted to win HoH, though, because he still had work to do, or unfinished business.

It sounded like they were both promising each other they were safe, and they were making a deal.  Vanessa said she really needed a letter from Mel, and could spend another hour up there if she needed to.  I heard Johnny say "let's do it then" and we went to FISH.

And when we returned a moment later, it was over.  Vanessa won.

So I thought that a deal was made, but I heard later that Johnny refused to verbally acknowledge a deal, and he said that when he tried to re-adjust his position, he slipped and fell.

Just like that.

There was an uneasy feeling out there.  I think Steve had some fear at that point.  He said later that he had been hoping for a competition like this one, which was an endurance challenge that he thought he could win.

I guess the BB Crew's hopes for a big overtime check this week were dashed....casual fans might think that the results this week will be boring, with Johnny Mac coming right back in the house, and Vanessa in charge.  But those of us in the know....real fans of the game....will know that even if we can predict the result (i.e. James being targeted, Meg as the 2nd option), there will be subtle or not-so-subtle undercurrents of rebellion.


Here is a peek at a similar competition from BB14---the house guests had to stand on a disc and spin around the sun. They also got whacked by a large object, and were also sprayed with some sort of paint-substance that got in their mouths in an unpleasant manner.  Danielle actually vomited after she fell.  And they went for about an hour, I think, which seemed short at the time, but not compared to what just happened tonight.

The set was more exciting in BB14.  That's for sure.  Lots of bright colors that looked great on TV.  And I remember Ian saying there were a lot of things for him to look at on the roof to keep him occupied while he hung on, eventually winning the competition.

I don't know how Production will be able to fashion an entire segment about how this competition played out.  I'm hoping there was some drama with the Jurors as they left the backyard, but I doubt it, since I didn't hear them talk about it later.  I supposed we'll have to settle for more of those "funny" pranks....AGAIN.

As a bonus for added infotainment, here is a bit of the jury's participation in the BB15 HoH competition, where they had PLENTY of time to all talk to each other as they tried to catch 10 balls while standing on a tiny moving platform.  They also got hit with real sprinklers (hard, too) and even had a "heckler" run through the backyard to distract them.

And, because we all relish speculating over conspiracies, here is a reminder about how the internet went wild with the idea that Helen Kim was pushed.  (Later refuted by Helen, of course.)


After the competition, the drama in the house was much more suspenseful than the competition itself..  Liz keeps complaining about how dizzy and nauseous she is, and Austin is FUMING about the comment that Johnny Mac made about having unfinished business.

Julia:  Oh my god-ah...I hate him.  He needs to leave right now.

Austin:  He sealed his fate by saying that.....he better hope he wins the PoV if he wants to stay.  He's coming after us!  He's coming after us!  I want to walk out there and throttle him....but I'll try not to.

Austin says that Johnny didn't take Vanessa's deal that she offered him during the competition, and after that he "fell like a buffoon".

Austin:  Him coming back is my worst nightmare.

Because Steve was the 2nd player to fall, and Shelli was the juror who lasted longest after Johnny Mac, they are now regretting keeping Steve over Johnny Mac.

Julia:  If we had kept Steve, Shelli would be the one in here, and she might be HoH.

(Ah, the "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" regrets....the gift that keeps on giving.)

Vanessa had a quick meeting with Austin, and kept saying she can't believe that just happened, that she won a physical competition.  She attributes her success at her strange abilities of contortion.  (She has mentioned that in the she can bend and contort herself.)

Vanessa:  I'm the oldest....and the fattest...

Austin:  You're not fat.

Vanessa:  I'm the most out-of-shape.....I can't believe that just happened.  I wanted it so bad....I would have tried to hold on for another hour.

Vanessa:  Why didn't he take my offer?

Austin:  He just said it...he's coming after me and the Twins!

Vanessa:  Did I just win that?  How in the hell did that happen?  Don't expect me to win another physical comp....because I can't believe that happened. tell me that I'm on the chopping block and I can really pull it out...

(No comment from Austin about that little remark.)

Austin:  I just want to go at Johnny's throat for saying he wants to do what he needs to do, but I'm trying to stay calm.

(Note to Security:  DO NOT give them alcohol until Austin calms down.  But of course, they really don't have any security...did you know that?  When the shit comes down Production yells at them over the intercom to separate from each other. I think someone would need to be on the ground after a real physical assault before anyone would EVER come in the house to break it up.   And even then, NO ONE on staff would be bigger or stronger then Austin.  Which is why Devin was so scary, too, but at least they had a police officer in there last year who had some tricks up his sleeve.)

(Little Willie Hantz headbutted Chef Joe and still no one came in the house to help out.  Can you imagine the injuries to the rather frail Johnny Mac if Austin headbutted him with his huge hairy noggin?)

(FYI The live feeds were down for over THREE hours that night, as we all waited to find out what happened....Willie ended up being ejected from the show, not even allowed at the Finale, and got arrested almost as soon as he got home to the swamps.)

Note that during this conversation between Vanessa and Austin, Johnny did walk through the bathroom and added a few comments to the conversation.  I did not hear Austin reply or speak to him.  I did hear Johnny tell someone at some point that he "didn't really have any good jury stories".  Ha ha ha.

And Vanessa did tell Austin that this week she needs to make decisions that are good for her game, but assured him that he and the Twins are safe, saying they won't even be used as pawns.  Austin appreciated that, and says he will support whatever she decides to do.

Vanessa had a pleasant-enough conversation with James, talking about her disbelief about winning tonight.  James was polite, but you could tell he was trying hard to be interested and enthusiastic.

Which is what he's supposed to do at a time like this.  It's the game.

I think Liz said that she was still so nauseous that she wasn't even hungry. (Wow.)  But shortly thereafter I believe I saw both Twins eating something voraciously out of matching orange bowls.

They are starting to replay the live show in their heads, and discuss the jurors.

Vanessa:  Shelli's energy was really off tonight.  She was smiling and everything, but she seemed really angry.

Austin:  Well, those two girls aren't really big fans of you (Jackie & Becky), so I'm sure your name has come up.

Austin seems very angry at the returning Jurors' lackluster HoH comp performance.

Austin:  I told you that those girls just wanted to party.....they are all over it and just wanted to drop and go back to the Jury house.

There is a lot of additional grief in the house when they realize that while they were outside, "they" took all of their headbands, so now they can't play Slingband.  (Vanessa told Johnny she HATES Slingband.)

So, there will be additional sorrow in the house this week.

Also, at one point Austin was alone with James and went on and on with hatred for Johnny, saying that "he's coming after me and the Twins!  he's coming after me and the Twins!".  Like he expects James to be really angry at that?  Wake up, you Big Dummy.

Vanessa has a quick chat with Johnny, asking him why he didn't take the deal she offered.

Johnny:  I couldn't take that deal in public.

Vanessa:  Don't worry, you're good.  Everybody thinks I'm putting you up, so they won't see it coming. Now let me get out of here so no one sees us talking.

Vanessa also spoke with Steve, saying he could stay upstairs with her a few nights if he wants to, because the HoH room does get lonely.  And she thinks that if they both work with Johnny, they can beat the AusTwins in any competition.

So that is exciting news for the fans.  It might not happen this week, but it's gonna happen, particularly with the double eviction looming.....wouldn't THAT be exciting....

Earlier in the afternoon, when Johnny was well aware that he would be voted out that night, he had a private conversation with Vanessa and told her to basically Ask Me Anything.  Vanessa took advantage of this and learned the following from Johnny Mac.

*  Johnny is not related to Clay.
*  The AusTwins didn't know that Becky planned to backdoor Vanessa until the day before.  (Vanessa said that Steve didn't tell her, either.)
*  At that point in the day (one hour until rehearsal), the AusTwins still hadn't informed Johnny that he would be the one leaving that night.  They're cowards, he says.
*  Johnny said Steve came to him in Week #4 with a Final Two deal but Johnny kind of scoffs at the idea of that deal now. (Because he's learned that Steve kept A LOT of things from him.)
*  Johnny says Vanessa can trust Steve, but Steve is too big of a pussy to pull the trigger on the other side.
*  Johnny threw the Slip 'n' Slide competition to Becky, and also the Nosa Scotia spelling competition.  Vanessa wondered how he came up with spelling the word "boogers" and Johnny explained that there was a huge nose in the backyard.  (Basic, but true.)
*  Johnny did not throw the DuBob BoB competition---he really had trouble with that one.  And did not throw the Grunge one where he had to dig for keys and smash pumpkins.
*  Johnny says he hates playing "PotBall" with a passion, and the way everyone yells "Pot Ball!  Pot Ball!".  (Johnny:  Pot Ball! Go fuck yourself.)
*  Johnny knows everyone thinks he is stupid.  (Vanessa:  You're a doctor, dude! You got through medical school!  I don't care how you laugh...I know you're smart!)
*  Johnny says he knew James tried to throw the BoB to backdoor Austin, because James made a comment in front of him and didn't think Johnny would understand it.

They both seem committed to the idea of working together if Johnny returns to the game (the result of all of yesterday's scampering) Which he did, of course, setting up some major drama for the next few weeks.  The Freaks vs. Geeks, if you will.